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Party Time Below The Mad Hatter

TheRabbit Holewas close to capacity last night. Thanks to Sharon Parsons for choosing my gig to celebrate her 60th birthday. It was an "up for it" crowd, and although a little noiser throughout than usual, there was no doubt that they enjoyed their evening. I received plenty of compliments and enquiries about future performances.
 
Next up is a charity fundraiser atThe Globepub in Middle Street, Brighton onSaturday 22nd June. I'll be sharing the bill with a promising new band called Blind Ammunition.

Debut at Danny's North of the Downs

Last night I found myself north of the South Downs in Haywards Heath. I was on the bill for the second ofDanny's Comedy Clubnights. Not as a comedian, of course - I was there to provide musical interludes between the acts.
 
This is an excellent new venture seeking to provide quality entertainment in the Mid-Sussex heartland. I really enjoyed seeing the other acts perform - thanks to Pierre Novelli, Sarah Iles, Mike Cox, Roy Dumbrell, Michael Mooney, Dave Streeter and Joy Carter

Bois Night Out

Thanks to Flirty Bertie and Adam All for a very enjoyable "Bois Night Out" at The Candy Bar in Soho last night. The crowd were well up for a raucous time and it looks like this monthly event could be taking off! I was very pleased to be invited along as special guest performer, and I hope I'll be returning there soon.
 
 
 
 
Bois Night Out is on the second Wednesday of every month from 9pm
at the Candy Bar, Carlisle St. London
 

International Women's Day

What a brilliant event it was at theInternational Women's Daycelebrations at The Brighton Dome yesterday. The long foyer bar was decked with stalls representing a plethora of womens interests. The Mayor of Brighton, Bill Randall addressed the gathering, and reinforced his support for the Brighton Womens' Centre (a charity he supports officially) and praised the anti-Sun page 3 campaign championed by one of the guest speakers.
I was delighted to perform at the event, and from the stage I could see that many people along the length of the room were joining in with the songs and enjoying my performance.

Ronnie down The Rabbit Hole

Yesterday also saw my second gig at The Rabbit Hole Bar in Brighton. This is a small,  but perfectly formed basement bar underneath the Mad Hatter Cafe near Waitrose.
 
The bar is transformed into 'Ronnie's club' for the evening and the vibe is much more Jazz/Blues/Swing oriented than my 'standards' set that I perform on other occasions.
 
As a new venture, I relied on my regular supporters to attend and help to create to atmosphere and mood of an old-style Jazz club.

Sun, Sea & Sappho Women

I've just returned from  a week in Lesbos where I attended theINTERNATIONAL ERESSOS WOMEN'S FESTIVAL. - What a brilliant time I had. My primary goal was to chill out and relax with my friend Mandy from London, but I took along some backing tracks, just in case a performance opportunity presented itself. 
 
After a couple of impromtu performances at Roots Bar and the Aeolian Village Hotel, I found myself on theFestival's Main Stagein the open air cinema as one of the opening acts for the Alternative Fashion Show.

LGBT Health Summit Sept 2012

 
Thanks to all who were involved in
my appearance at the LGBT Health Summit at the University of Kent in Canterbury on 13th September. The audience, consisting of delegates attending the conference, were well up for a night of fun and frolics and were very appreciative. It was great to see people dancing in couples to my crooner tunes and enjoying the latin rhythms of  'Sway' and ' Save The Last Dance For Me' a la Buble!
 
Metro, the conference organisers, represented by Beth James were very professional, and I hope we'll be working together more in the future.

Busy few weeks, kicks off with The Grosvenor

Had a really lovely time atTHE GROSVENOR BARyesterday.  Ali was away, so the lovely Chris had to cope with a big Sunday afternoon crowd on her own. As ever, the audience was friendly and appreciative which was great for me, particularly as nearly half of my set was new to me - i.e. not performed to an audience before. I've been building my repertory so that regular supporters don't have to listen to the same songs all the time. I can do over 60 songs now!
 
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Sunday in the Shade

Last Sunday (27th May) was one in a weekend of glorious sunshine & warmth. I hung out with friends on the Saturday, at the Food & Drink festival on Brunswick Lawns and it was absolutely boiling! So when I arrived at The Grosvenor to set up on Sunday, both Ali (our lovely host), and I, knew we would be facing stiff competition from the allure of the beach two minutes away. And so it was that I performed to a small, but select few. It was a great opportunity for me to try out new songs for about of a third of my set.

Bar Wotever - Female Masculinity Appreciation Society

Had a great time at the FEMALE MASCULINITY APPRECIATION SOCIETY at BAR WOTEVER last Friday (13th Jan 2012).
 
It was the first time I've played at the ROYAL VAUXHALL TAVERN. It's a great performance space, and the crowd were really friendly and appreciative.
 
A highlight of the evening for me occured as I was enjoying a well-earned beer, after I'd done my slot:
I was approached by a drop-dead gorgeous femme blonde bombshell.
"I liked your singing very much, thank you." she said, in an interesting East European accent "Do you come to Wotever often?
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